This past weekend will go down in the Kenyan history for its political sideshows across the country.Top presidential aspirants in the next General election have been crisscrossing the country in efforts to put their respective houses in order.
The weekend saw Deputy Prime minister Uhuru Kenyatta launch his new political vehicle at the Kenyatta International Conference Center,Nairobi,an event that was filled to capacity and televised live across major towns in the country and even abroad.
The Gatundu North MP ditched KANU a month a go to join The National Alliance Party of Kenya (TNA) that he believes will catapult him to State House come the 2013 General elections.Among those who were present included a cross-section of politicians including the G7 Alliance members,religious clergies and businessmen.
Eldoret North MP William Ruto arrived late at the event with his troop after addressing a rally in the vast Meru County.
In Coast Province,Prime minister Raila Odinga and his deputy turned-arch rival Musalia Mudavadi were holding parallel rallies after the two fell out over presidential party nomination with Mudavadi accusing ODM for lack of democracy.
Mudavadi who decamped to the United Democratic Forum (UDF) asked Kenyans to vote peaceful in the next polls.He also thanked the Coastal residents for according him warm hospitality and reception.
While addressing a public rally at the historic Tononoka grounds,Ikolomani MP Bonnie Khalwale insisted that Medical Services minister Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o should resign over the NHIF scandal.
Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni and his Shinyalu counterpart Mugali Kizito said that the UDF party was putting in place measures to seek Parliament address the outlawed Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) group’s grievances.
Mandera North MP Abdikadir Mohammed said that,if the constitution is fully implemented,it’ll give Kenya new hope.
Meanwhile,at the Tononoka Grounds,the premier said that,MRC had the right to have its grievances articulated,”Sauti ya MRC ni ya ukombozi na ni yangu,” said Odinga.
Lands minister and Ugenya MP James Orengo asked Kenyans to vote faithful and competent leaders who have the interests of all Kenyans at heart.
East African Community minister,Musa Sirma criticized the KPA board appointment by Transport minister Amos Kimunya.
Acting Local Government minister Fred Gumo,said that UDF means Uganda Defence Forces with the crowd bursting into laughter.Ministers Danson Maanzo and Jeffer Kingi criticized political groupings saying that G7 Alliance’s ambition was to block Odinga’s political ambitions of ascending to power.
The country is expected to witness politics take centre stage in the run up to the landmark polls expected to take place early next year.
By Dennis Lubanga.